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Donations, risk attitudes and time preferences: A study on altruism in primary school children

  • Silvia Angerer

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  • Daniela Glätzle-Rützler

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  • Philipp Lergetporer

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  • Matthias Sutter

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We study in a sample of 1,070 primary school children, aged seven to eleven years, how altruism in a donation experiment is related to children’s risk attitudes and intertemporal choices. Examining such a relationship is motivated by theories of reciprocal altruism that provide a cornerstone for understanding human social behavior. We find that higher risk tolerance and patience in intertemporal choice increase, in general, the level of donations, albeit the effects are non-linear. We confirm earlier results that altruism increases with age during childhood and that girls are more altruistic than boys. Having older brothers makes subjects less altruistic.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2014-21.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2014
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